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  • Vietnam Veterans of America
    Serrano NY 15 Rep Nita Lowey NY 17 Rep Sean Maloney NY 18 Rep Chris Gibson NY 19 Rep Yvette Clarke NY 20 Rep Elise Stefanik NY 21 Rep Richard L Hanna NY 22 Rep Tom Reed NY 23 Rep John Katko NY 24 Rep Louise Slaughter NY 25 Rep Brian Higgins NY 26 Rep Chris Collins NY 27 Rep G K Butterfield NC 1 Rep Walter Jones NC 3 Rep David Rouzer NC 7 Rep Kevin Cramer ND AL Rep Brad Wenstrup OH 2 Rep Joyce Beatty OH 3 Rep Robert E Latta OH 5 Rep Bill Johnson OH 6 Rep Marcy Kaptur OH 9 Rep Tim Ryan OH 13 Rep Steve Stivers OH 15 Rep Jim Bridenstine OK 1 Rep Frank D Lucas OK 3 Rep Tom Cole OK 4 Rep Peter DeFazio OR 4 Rep Robert Brady PA 1 Rep Mike Kelly PA 3 Rep Glenn Thompson PA 5 Rep Ryan Costello PA 6 Rep Patrick Meehan PA 7 Rep Lou Barletta PA 11 Rep Keith Rothfus PA 12 Rep Mike Doyle PA 14 Rep Charlie Dent PA 15 Rep Matt Cartwright PA 17 Rep Pedro R Pierluisi PR At Large Rep David Cicilline RI 1 Rep Jim Langevin RI 2 Rep Steve Cohen TN 9 Rep Beto O Rourke TX 16 Rep Lamar Smith TX 21 Rep Lloyd Doggett TX 35 Rep Rob Bishop UT 1 Rep Peter Welch VT AL Rep Scott Rigell VA 2 Rep Donald S Beyer Jr VA 8 Rep Griffith H Morgan VA 9 Rep Gerald Connolly VA 11 Rep Suzan DelBene WA 1 Rep Rick Larsen WA 2 Rep Derek Kilmer WA 6 Rep David McKinley WV 1 Rep Evan Jenkins WV 3 Rep Mark Pocan WI 2 Rep Ron Kind WI 3 Rep Gwen Moore WI 4 Co Sponsors in the Senate supporting S 901 Sen John Boozman AR Sen Barbara Boxer CA Sen Dianne Feinstein CA Sen Michael Bennet CO Sen Christopher Murphy CT Sen Richard Blumenthal CT Sen Chris Coons DE Sen Thomas R Carper DE Sen Mazie Hirono HI Sen Charles Grassley IA Sen Mike Crapo ID Senator Richard Durbin IL Sen Pat Roberts KS Sen Susan Collins ME Senator Debbie Stabenow MI Senator Gary Peters MI Sen Amy Klobuchar MN Sen Al Franken MN Senator Jon Tester MT Senator Steven Daines MT Senator Claire McCaskill MO Senator Roy Blount MO Senator Jeanne Shaheen NH Senator Kirsten E Gillibrand NY Senator Charles Schumer NY Sen Dean Heller NV Senator Sherrod Brown OH Senator Jeff Merkley OR Senator Ron Wyden OR Senator Robert Casey PA Sen Mike Rounds SD Sen Tim Kaine VA Sen Mark R Warner VA Sen Bernard Sanders VT Senator Joe Machin WV DOWNLOAD THE BRIEFING SUMMARY HERE Resources More Veteran News Burn Pits Still Being Used in Iraq According to a January 4 Stars and Stripes article by Tara Copp the U S military still relies on burn pits to dispose of waste in Iraq despite concerns that toxic smoke and fumes released

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Directors Staff Who We Are Watch to learn more about how VVA began and what we ve accomplished for Vietnam veterans as well as veterans of later conflicts Watch on YouTube Founded in 1978 Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam era veterans and their families VVA is organized as a not for profit corporation and is tax exempt under Section 501 c 19 of the Internal Revenue Service Code VVA S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another GOALS VVA s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans to create a new identity for this generation of veterans and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans ORGANIZATION Over 75 000 individual members 49 state councils 650 local chapters SPECIAL PROGRAMS Aggressively advocate on issues important to veterans Seek full access to quality health care for veterans Identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans health care Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans Seek the fullest possible accounting of America s POW MIAs Support the next generation of America s war veterans Serve our communities Symbolism of the VVA Flag The VVA flag is an elegant presentation of American veterans service in the Vietnam War VVA Flags are proudly displayed at all Vietnam Veterans of America meetings and functions and in Veterans Affairs Committee chambers of both the U S Senate and the US House of Representatives The background color is golden yellow the primary color of the Vietnam Service Ribbon In the hoist of the flag the seventeen brown stars arranged in three vertical rows represent the seventeen official campaigns

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    leading American newspapers they failed to win even a single legislative victory to bring new and needed programs into creation to help Vietnam veterans and their families It soon became apparent that arguments couched simply in terms of morality equity and justice were not enough The U S Congress would respond to the legitimate needs of Vietnam veterans only if the organization professing to represent them had political strength In this case strength translated into numbers which meant membership By the summer of 1979 the Council of Vietnam Veterans had transformed into Vietnam Veterans of America a veterans service organization made up of and devoted to Vietnam veterans Hindered by the lack of substantial funding for development the growth of membership was at first slow The big breakthrough came when the American hostages were returned from Iran in January 1981 It was as if America went through an emotional catharsis that put the issues of the Vietnam era on the table for public discussion The question was asked why parades for the hostages but not for Vietnam veterans Many veterans complained about the lack of recognition and appreciation for past national service Vietnam era veterans wanted action in the form of programs that would place the latest generation of veterans on the same footing as veterans from previous wars Membership grew steadily and for the first time VVA secured significant contributions The combination of the public s willingness to talk about the Vietnam War and the basic issues that it raised as well as the veterans themselves coming forward was augmented by the nation s dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in November 1982 The week long activities rekindled a sense of brotherhood among the veterans and a feeling that they shared an experience that was too significant to ignore In 1983 VVA took a significant step by founding Vietnam Veterans of America Legal Services VVALS to provide assistance to veterans seeking benefits and services from the government By working under the theory that a veteran representative should be an advocate for the veteran rather than simply a facilitator VVALS quickly established itself as the most competent and aggressive legal assistance program available to veterans VVALS published the most comprehensive manual ever developed for veteran service representatives and in 1985 VVALS wrote the widely acclaimed Viet Vet Survival Guide In the nineties VVALS evolved into the current VVA Service Representative program The next several years saw VVA grow in size stature and prestige VVA s professional membership services veterans service and advocacy work gained the respect of Congress and the veterans community In 1986 VVA s exemplary work was formally acknowledged by the granting of a congressional charter Today Vietnam Veterans of America has a national membership of approximately 65 000 with 617 chapters throughout the United States Puerto Rico the Virgin Islands Guam and the Philippines VVA state councils coordinate the activities of local chapters VVA places great emphasis on coordinating its national activities and programs with the work

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  • VVA Strategic Documents
    Agenda VVA Testimony Legislative Action Center Government Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder

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  • Disclaimer
    No person under 13 should disclose information on this site You may learn more about protecting children s privacy online by visiting www ftc gov kidzprivacy Active Information You Choose to Provide In order to receive updates via email we require you to disclose the following information Your email address Completion of our Opt In registration form If you supply us with your postal address on line you will only receive the information for which you provided us your address Other Active Information would include any other information volunteered by the consumer such as survey information and or site registrations Passive Information Collected For each visitor to our site our web server automatically recognizes and collects only the consumer s domain name where possible but not the e mail address Passive information such as what pages consumers access or visit is also collected How Do We Use the Information Collected Broadly speaking persons we employ directly or as contractors or agents at our direction use Active Information for purposes of administering our business activities and providing customer services such as support We use Passive Information to gather information about our users and to enhance and design our site to make it easier faster and friendlier to use We do not connect any Passive information to your personal information or email address The Passive information we collect is used for internal review to improve the content of our site and is then discarded Active information is used to notify consumers about updates to our site It is not shared with other organizations unless authorized by Vietnam Veterans of America for the benefit of our members and site users If at any time you do not wish to receive such information please send us an email at webmaster vva org Your Information In Relation to Others We Link To You are able to access other websites through The Vietnam Veterans of America site s When you do so you are doing so subject to their policies regarding privacy and data collection and you should read those sites privacy policies to make sure you agree to them before using such sites When you choose to shop at such sites you should read their privacy policies to make sure you agree to them before making purchases Sharing Information with Advertisers or Other Third Parties We may disclose anonymous information about user habits characteristics and user patterns based on aggregate user statistics to advertisers on our site The member s emails will be made available to advertisers to send their messages to but will not be revealed or sold to any third party with your permission when you consent to receiving third party communications by checking the opt in box You may choose to opt out of receiving third party communication at anytime by visiting the registration page and unblocking the opt in box Under no circumstances will we disclose your e mail address on file with VVA to third parties for any direct or

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Links Sponsors Membership Membership Brochure Join VVA Renew Your Membership Locate Your Local Chapter Membership Services Benefits Locate A Service Officer Benefits Update Benefits Guides Government Affairs Legislative Agenda VVA Testimony Legislative Action Center Government Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS Corporate Contribution Sponsorship Opportunities Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another VVA s Founding Principle Vietnam Veterans of America Inc VVA was founded in 1978 and is the only congressionally chartered national organization dedicated exclusively to serving Vietnam era veterans and their families VVA relies totally on private contributions which are tax deductible to the donor How You Can Help Vietnam Veterans of America Inc depends on the support of individuals corporations and organizations to help carry out some of the critical services and programs VVA provides for the benefit of Vietnam veterans and their families Some examples of VVA programs needing special support include the VVA Scholarship Fund the VVA Veterans Benefits Program VVA Benefits Guides the VVA Vietnam Education Program the National Task Force on Homeless Veterans and the Veterans Initiative Task Force Gifts

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  • Join VVA
    Membership Brochure Join VVA Renew Your Membership Locate Your Local Chapter Membership Services Benefits Locate A Service Officer Benefits Update Benefits Guides Government Affairs Legislative Agenda VVA Testimony Legislative Action Center Government Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA

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